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Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | mSATA in Storage | Posted: Jan 23, 2015 11:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Plextor

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: RC6

 

So, what is Anvil Storage Utilities? Anvil Storage Utilities is a storage benchmark for SSDs and HDDs where you can check and monitor your performance. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test, or just the read or the write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16.

 

Anvil Storage Utilities is not officially available yet, but we've been playing with the beta for several months now. The author, Anvil, has been updating the software steadily on several international forums, and is adding new features every couple of months.

 

We can use Anvil several different ways to show different aspects for each drive. We've chosen to use this software to show the performance of a drive with two different data sets. The first is with compressible data, and the second data set is incompressible data. Several users have requested this data in our SSD reviews.

 

0-Fill Compressible Data

 

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Incompressible Data

 

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The M6M processes compressible and incompressible data the same way. This means you will not notice a performance loss when transferring pictures, audio files, or other bits that are incompressible.

 

 

Low Queue Depth Read IOPS

 

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The Plextor M6M 256GB nearly reaches over 9K random read IOPS at QD1, and manages to outpace Micron's M600 256GB mSATA SSD. The M6M is also faster than the previous generation M5M in the same capacity, until we get to QD4.

 

High Queue Depth Read IOPS

 

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At high queue depths, the M6M continues to perform under the M5M, until we get to QD32, where the M6M again overtakes the previous-generation Plextor mSATA SSD.

 

Low Queue Depth Write IOPS

 

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The M6M performs well in 4K random writes but the M600 is faster at low queue depths. The M6M is an improvement over the previous generation M5M though.

 

High Queue Depth Write IOPS

 

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The high queue depth 4K random write chart again shows the M6M outperforming the previous generation M5M from Plextor, but both drives are well behind the performance coming from the Micron M600.

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